Cruising Catamaran 114

The Cruising Catamaran graduate will have shown the ability to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.


In preparation for class, students are asked to complete reading and homework assignments from the Cruising Catamarans Made Easy textbook. Cruising Catamaran is a 2- day on-the-water class from 9am-5pm each day

Upon arriving, the instructor will review homework and make sure that all students are on the same page. Three to five students and one instructor will spend 85% of all class time on a Lagoon 42′ Catamaran.

This class is for students wishing to charter catamarans for multiple days and prepares sailors for operating a twin engine boat with a much larger beam and freeboard.

The marina on-site deli offers great sandwiches and burgers to satisfy your appetite before an afternoon of anchoring and practicing man-overboard drills and docking. Upon successful completion, students will be certified to skipper a catamaran up to 45′.

NOTE: In order to charter the Harbor Sailboats Lagoon 42′ graduates are required to hire a skipper for the first (4) hours of their first catamaran bareboat charter. This will refresh all skippers and crew to the differences in multihull handling and allow for a safe and fun charter. Skippers are paid directly $35 per hour.

Class Covers

Large catamaran boat handling and seamanship, multihull terminology, differences between monohull and multihull, docking and maneuvering with twin engines, maintenance procedures, mooring and anchoring, sail control, heavy weather tactics, and emergency safety procedures.

Class Textbook

Cruising Catamarans Made Easy



Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, as well as extensive experience as skipper on boats 40′-45′. (4-6 sails on various boats 40′-45′ as skipper of record and at least 1 in the last 6 months)

  • Member Fee: $695 Plus Port Fee
  • Non Member: $795 Plus Port Fee
  • Certification Package: $65

Sailing Lesson Schedule